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Cover of Intellectual Property: Law & the Information Society: Cases and Materials and link to purchase at Amazon.comIntellectual Property: Law & the Information Society - Cases and Materials (2014 Edition)
The Center has released its new Open Coursebook, Intellectual Property: Law & the Information Society - Cases and Materials, an introduction to U.S. intellectual property law written and edited by the Center's Faculty Co-Director James Boyle and the Center's Director Jennifer Jenkins, the book is available for download (either the entire book or by chapter) or to purchase for the price of printing. » more


Intellectual Property: Law & the Information Society - Statutes and Treaties (2014 Edition) and link to purchase at Amazon.comIntellectual Property: Law & the Information Society - Selected Statutes and Treaties (2014 Edition)
This companion to the Center's casebook offers the text of the Federal trademark, copyright and patent statutes, major international treaties, and more. Written and edited by the Center's Faculty Co-Director James Boyle and the Center's Director Jennifer Jenkins, the book is available for download or to purchase for the price of printing. » more


Prof. Jennifer JenkinsJennifer Jenkins discusses the ambiguous battle over Public Domain Day
Professor Jenkins, Center Director, discusses her recent article, Ambiguous Battle: The Promise (and Pathos) of Public Domain Day, 2014, as part of Duke Law School's new video series. » YouTube


Last sale? Libraries’ rights in the digital age
Professor Jennifer Jenkins, Center Director, discusses the current state of the law regarding lending digital assets such as e-books and how it affects libraries in an article for the Association of College & Research Libraries. » College & Research Libraries News


James BoyleWhat Could Have Entered the Public Domain
CSPD Faculty Co-Director James Boyle discusses the public domain and the effect that congressional extension of copyright terms has had on it with host Frank Stasio on WUNC-FM’s The State of Things.


In Ambiguous Battle: The Promise (and Pathos) of Public Domain Day, 2014
Center Director Jennifer Jenkins discusses the promise and the limits of various attempts to reverse the erosion of the public domain in a new article for the Duke Law and Technology Review (12 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 1).


I Have a Copyright: The Problem with MLK's Speech
Professor Jennifer Jenkins, Center Director, comments on the copyright status of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech in Mother Jones magazine. Prof. Jenkins also comments for USA Today on the recently decided case involving the sale of some of Dr. King's papers by his former assistant.


(EM)I Has a Dream
CSPD Faculty Co-Director James Boyle discusses the copyright issues surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech and other vital cultural events in a column for Huffington Post. He also discusses his column and the issues with HuffPost Live TV.


Arti RaiAdministrative Conference Appoints New Members
Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai has been appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States. » Read more


Six Duke Law journals move to digitial-only formatSix Duke Law journals move to digital-only format
Richard Danner, Senior Associate Dean for Information Services at Duke Law School, calls the move to digital-only publication a natural next-step in the university's long-standing commitment to open access for scholarly works. » Read more


Rai comments on "patent troll" lawsuits
Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai comments on Obama administration plans to crack down on 'patent trolls' in an article in The New York Times.


The New York TimesCourt Ruling Takes a Stand on Essential High-Tech Patents
Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai comments on the U.S. District Court's ruling in Microsoft v. Motorola for The New York Times.


The EconomistReselling media content: Seconds to go
Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai comments on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons for The Economist.


American Law Institute logoRai elected to ALI
Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai is one of three Duke Law School faculty recently elected to the American Law Institute. » Read more


Who owns Sherlock Holmes?
CSPD Director Jennifer Jenkins comments on Leslie Klinger's lawsuit against the heirs of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who are trying to collect license fees for Mr. Klinger's series of new Sherlock Holmes-inspired stories. » The Economist


The Denver PostInventors still feel squeezed, despite patent reforms
Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai comments on efforts to curb patent trolling for the Denver Post.


News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)ABBA says ‘Nej!’ to Wake SPCA’s viral adoption video
CSPD Director Jennifer Jenkins Jenkins comments on unlikely copyright battle between Wake SPCA and ABBA. » The News & Observer


SCOTUSblogPatentable subject matter at the Supreme Court: An exceptional case?
Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai discusses Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics in advance of oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court. SCOTUSblog


Barely Any U.S. Culture will Enter the Public Domain this Year
CSPD Faculty Co-Director James Boyle discusses copyright term and the public domain on NPR’s On the Media.


Joan Baez Bob DylanWhy There Are Only 100 Copies of the New Bob Dylan Record
CSPD Faculty Co-Director James Boyle discusses the recent copyright term extension in Europe for sound recordings. » NPR


The EconomistPublic Domain: Access Denied
CSPD Faculty Co-Director James Boyle and CSPD Director Jennifer Jenkins discuss public domain day with The Economist.


Huffington PostPublic by Sufferance Alone: The Worst of 2012
CSPD Faculty Co-Director James Boyle and CSPD Director Jennifer Jenkins discuss the Supreme Court’s 2012 decision in Golan v. Holder and its effect on the public domain. » read the article


The EconomistThe Politics of Internet Activism
CSPD Faculty Co-Director James Boyle is featured in a new article from The Economist entitled "Everything is connected: Can internet activism turn into a real political movement?"  » read the article


Wired (magazine)Let’s Tame Software Patent Claims: Lessons From Bioinformatics
Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai discusses possible ways to limit patent claims for software in an opinion piece in Wired magazine.


The New York TimesU.S. Disavows Patent at Center of Apple-Samsung Dispute
Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai comments on the potential effect of new USPTO rules in patent litigation. » New York Times


The New York TimesSuit Challenging Patent Law Faces Long Odds
Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai comments on inventor's suit seeking to challenge constitutionality of the America Invents Act. » New York Times


Princeton Center on Information Technology PolicyPatent Success or Failure? The America Invents Act and Beyond
Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai was a panelist at a Princeton University Center for Information Technology Policy program looking at the AIA. » more


Communia Thematic Network COMMUNIA Releases Final Report
The Center was a member of COMMUNIA: The European Thematic Network on the Digital Public Domain, developing analyses and policy recommendations on public domain issues in Europe and beyond. Click to read COMMUNIA's final report or a new book detailing some of COMMUNIA's projects and initiatives


Keith AokiIn Memoriam: Professor Keith Aoki
It is with great sadness that we note the death of Keith Aoki, Professor of Law at UC Davis Law School, and long-time collaborator with the Center. Prof. Aoki combined many different talents: scholar, artist, musician, mentor, father, husband, gentleness, humor, and so much more. Describing Prof. Aoki's contributions to the Center is difficult to do in a small space, but Prof. James Boyle, Faculty Co-Director, shares a marvelous tribute to Prof. Aoki and Prof. Jennifer Jenkins, Director, offers her own personal remembrance.


Brookings Institution ReportEndowed by Their Creator?: The Future of Constitutional Personhood
Faculty Co-Director James Boyle examines how constitutional law should meet the challenges posed by artificially created entities. » Brookings Institution


Financial TimesFaculty Co-Director James Boyle responds to recent NY Times op-ed on copyright
Prof. Boyle discusses the arguments made by Scott Turow, Paul Aiken and James Shapiro in "Would the Bard Have Survived the Web?" and the perils of extending government power to shut down websites suspected of infringing copyright. » Financial Times


Roundtable on Federal Government Engagement in Standards
Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai was a panelist at this January 2011 Department of Commerce/White House program exploring the role of standards in achieving national priorities. » View the video


Indigendous/Traditional Knowledge & Intellectual Property PDFIndigenous/Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property
The Center is pleased to announce the release of a new policy guide on indigenous and traditional knowledge, prepared by scholar Dr. Jane Anderson. This paper offers an analysis of the wide range of proposals for protecting indigenous knowledge, along with illustrative examples, in order to assist policymakers and citizens navigating this complex field. » Read the paper


The Public Domain The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind
Faculty Co-Director James Boyle's book, recently named American Society for Information Science and Technology Book of the Year for 2009, explores the importance of the public domain to music, culture, science, and economic welfare and explains what we must do to protect it. Prof. Boyle discusses the book on BBC's In Business, NPR, North Carolina Public Radio, Connecticut Public Radio, and BBC's Thinking Allowed. In addition to the ASIST honor, The Public Domain received the 2008 McGannon Award from Fordham University’s Donald McGannon Communication Research Center. Visit the book's web site to read the book online, check the reviews, and more; or buy the book.


Multilingual Educational Resources about Intellectual Property Multilingual Educational Resources about Intellectual Property and the Public Domain
Find Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish translations of educational resources created for the Center to promote greater awareness and understanding about IP and the public domain. Visit the site.


IP and Synthetic Biology IP and Synthetic Biology
Read Faculty Co-Director Arti Rai's seminal articles about intellectual property and "synthetic biology" - the attempt to construct new biological functions and systems, starting at the genetic level: Synthetic Biology: The Intellectual Property Puzzle (with Sapna Kumar) and Synthetic Biology: Caught Between Property Rights, the Public Domain, and the Commons (with James Boyle). Here Professor Rai's recent lecture on The Paradigm Shift of Synthetic Biology: Tensions Between Innovation and Security given at the University of Minnesota [ more information ].


 7 Ways To Ruin A Technological Revolution
If you wanted to undermine the technological revolution of the last 30 years, using the law, how would you do it? Faculty Co-Director James Boyle provides answers at a Google Tech Talk. View the webcast


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